TAUNTON, Mass. — A mixed bag of winter weather could slow holiday travel in southern New England.

Light snow began falling in much of the region early Friday. Forecasters were expecting the precipitation to turn to sleet and freezing rain over interior sections, while coastal areas area likely to see mostly rain Friday night.

Heavier snow was expected further north in New England, where some school districts have cancelled school or will dismiss students early.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency warned that freezing rain that could last into Saturday is likely to create hazardous driving conditions for holiday travelers.

Isolated power outages were also possible due to ice accumulating on tree limbs and utility lines.

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